I remember when I first started traveling internationally. The only transfers I was concerned with were the ones that took place at airports. Somewhere along the lines though, I realized that in discovering the world, I grew and learned more about myself than I had ever imagined. This realization lead me to look deeper into the meaning of transformational travel.
How can travel be used as a means toward discovering yourself?
In my series Local Faces, Local Lives, I look at regular, everyday people I have come across during my travels. So often do we get caught up in the hysteria of getting that perfect selfie, that self becomes the focus travel. Technology takes precedence and little to no attention is given to individuals encountered along the journey.
Transformational Travel Challenge 1. Next time you travel abroad, spark up a conversation with a local. Find out about their life, their family, likes/dislikes, and just show a general interest beyond the basic, “Can you take this photo for me?” You never know what may evolve from the interaction.
What better way to leave your personal bookmark on this planet, than by going out and helping a community in need. As little as one hour of service can enhance a lifetime. Whether volunteering at a school, on a farm, at an orphanage, or some other organization—the benefits of serving others have a profound impact on all parties involved. Organizations such as Projects Abroad, Globe Aware, Volunteer World, WWOOF, and several others make this option easier than ever. For those more inclined to have a DIY volunteer experience, the people you meet from Transformational Travel Challenge 1 can possibly help facilitate that for you. Taking it one step further, organizations such as Charity Water allow you to impact a community from the comforts of your own home.
Transformational Travel Challenge 2. Dedicate a portion of your next vacation to some form of service to the residents of your chosen destination.
Truly discovering yourself through travel can only occur if you are willing to become lost in the world.
During the late summer of 2017, I embarked on a journey I dubbed, The Fitcation. Unhappy with weight gain, I took a vacation with the sole purpose to get fit and disconnect from the world. We all need to unplug from time to time. The power of disconnecting through travel is that it fully removes us from all distractions.
In exploring new parts of the world, we also discover new and untapped areas of our soul.
Transformational Travel Challenge 3. Step outside of your comfort zone and venture to a place completely foreign. Remain open-minded and receptive to whatever the experience may bring.
In the comments below, share any transformational travel experience you’ve had in the past.